The Maybelline 24K Nudes is a new release for 2017, but in some areas you can already find it in stores. On Instagram, Maybelline claims that this palette is a reformulation of their shadow formula. They say the formula is more buttery and has stronger pigmentation than before. I’ve never figured out what a “buttery” eyeshadow is, so I can’t speak to that claim. I do think the formula seems slightly better than the Expert Wear Quad in Natural Smokes (swatches here), which is the only Maybelline powder eyeshadow I have experienced. These are my first impressions, but I’m going to keep working with this palette and see what I think after I’ve used it more.
I do think that these shadows are pressed firmly into the pan and need to be dug into slighty to get the pigment on the brush. This leads to excess pigment needing to be tapped off the brush and you may still experience some fall out. I do think the matte shades (2, 8, & 9) and shade 10 are an improved formula over what I’ve used in the past. Shade 10 is a real standout in formula, it is easy to use with finger or brush and is very pigmented.
I don’t think these are bad shadows, I hope people will give these a chance and not write them off after only swatching them. I’ve already seen a couple of people give this a bad review after not even using them on their eyes and that is disappointing.
UPDATES (January 3, 2017 & February 23, 2017): So I think the best way to find out if you should give this palette a chance is based on what you already think of Maybelline powder eyeshadow. If you already like Maybelline’s formula, then you will likely enjoy this palette. However, if you have never enjoyed any powder eyeshadow from the brand, this palette will not change your mind. Several Shades do have noticeable fallout in my experience. The cause of the fallout in my opinion in shade 5 is that it is on the flaky side and shades 7 and 12 have micro glitter particles that separate from the rest of the formula. The cause of the fallout throughout the rest of the palette is probably just due to formula. I do think overall the palette works fine and the shades blend together nicely, but as a stand alone palette it is missing a transition shade for my skin tone and preferences. If you aren’t looking for a stand alone palette or you enjoy eyeshadow looks with only one or two shades, this could be perfect for you. I do think the palette is priced well, although there are better performing options at this price point if you are willing to sacrifice amount of product and color variety. The Covergirl TruNaked palettes are an option in regard to sacrificing amount of product if you like eyeshadows with a powdery texture. The Milani Everyday Eyes come to mind in regard to sacrificing color variety for the same price point. If you are looking for a lower price point all together that still offers color variety, the Wet n Wild Au Naturel palettes come to mind.
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